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2009-01-18 January 18 Bulletin

We are God's Children - gathered by Him in love - to bring glory to the Triune God, to pray, to seek the lost, to nurture the young in the Lord, to care for the hurting, and to encourage one another. We do this in obedience to His Word.

Next Sunday, January 25th

We turn to Luke 5 and “Jesus calling us to discipleship.” In the evening we read from 1 Chronicles and the “Prayer of Jabez.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship

Our Church Family

Please keep Ann Vander Wal in your daily prayers this week.

We are very thankful that Tony Middag returned home from the hospital on Wednesday. May the Lord encourage and strengthen you through this time of recovery.

Congratulations to Shirley Bos as she celebrates her 73rd birthday this coming Saturday. May God bless you in the coming year.

Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Tilly Biel, Lea Dykstra, Tena Ellen, Wigger Meindersma, Theresa Salomons, Ruth Sluys, and Ann Swier.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

The Bethel Cadet Club would like to thank all those who donated bottles & batteries to our drive. We raised a total of $760 from the bottles and we still have to find a place that will take the batteries.

Profession of Faith class:

Pastor Mike is planning to offer a profession of faith class for those who feel they have been called by God’s grace and the Holy Spirit to confirm Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Anyone who is interested please contact Pastor Mike and we will arrange a suitable time for the classes.

January 14, 2009 Full church council hi-lights:

  1. Ratified the adoption of a church policy on disabilities. Bethel values all of God’s children regardless of abilities/disabilities and will do what is needed to integrate them into our programs and activities.
  2. Ratified the adoption of the “Same Sex Marriage” clause to be added to our bylaws.
  3. The Church visitors from Classis Alberta North will be at the February 11th full council meeting for a regularly scheduled visit.
  4. Worked on developing an office bearer election guideline.

Job Opportunity – the position of Church Janitor

 here at Bethel will be vacant as of February 1, 2009. This would be a great job for someone who would like to set their own hours or perhaps job share the position with one or two other people. For more information and to obtain a copy of the church janitor job description, give Pete Prins a call at 782-4170 or Hans Spelt at 782-6039. The closing date is January 31, 2009.

February Newsletter:

Once again we are working on the newsletter. February is fast approaching and with it the next edition of the Bethel Newsletter. If you would like to contribute to this edition, please have your contributions in the Newsletter mailbox in the church foyer or email it to any of the newsletter team by Monday, January 26th.

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples

Bible study will be held this evening after the worship service at the home of the Noort family, 5701 48th Ave., Lacombe.

Tuesday Night Youth

will meet this coming Tuesday, January 20th. Doors open at 7 p.m. A special reminder for Dana’s group, please read lesson four from Questions from the Pickle Jar, before Tuesday night.

Announcements

Mr. & Mrs. Club

will be singing at the Seniors’ Lodge on Wednesday, January 21st at 7 p.m. There will be a Bible study after at the home of Joanne van Gyssel, #403 5102 48th St., Lacombe.

Cadets:

Due to prior commitments, our seniors’ night has been postponed to February 4th. We will have our regular meeting on January 21st. On Sunday, January 25th we will be going to Rocky for our annual Central Alberta Cadet Sunday. We will be leaving the church shortly after the morning service. We will have lunch together in the fellowship hall and then we will leave for Rocky. We will be participating in some games followed by supper provided by the Rocky Cadet club and then we will be having a church service at the Rocky church to which all of you are invited. All boys are to bring outdoor clothes and also their Cadet uniform for the evening service.

Our next event will be the Snow Derby, tentatively to be held on March 7th. Ponoka will be hosting this event.

Lacombe Men’s Ministry Breakfast

meeting will be held this coming Saturday, January 24th at the Cheese Toast Restaurant at the Wolf Creek Inn on Highway 2 at 7 a.m. Come for a time of sharing and encouragement by hearing others’ reflections on God’s goodness in our lives. Bring a friend. For more information call Henry Eisses at 782-2345.

Register Now! – Lacombe Christian School

will be accepting 2009 - 2010 kindergarten registrations as of January 19, 2009, for children who have reached the age of 5 by December 31, 2009. Forms are available at the school office 5206-58th Street, Lacombe or they can be downloaded from the LCS website. www.lacs.ca

Persecuted Church

India

The Karnataka High Court has reopened approximately 12 churches that were closed down in early September due to claims that forcible conversions were taking place. However, VOMC continues to receive reports of Christians facing threats and violent attacks from Hindu militants in the state. At approximately 7:30 p.m. on January 9, police officials disrupted a weekly prayer meeting held in the home of Pastor Iswar Albannavar (30) and his wife, Renuka (26) and accused the couple of forcible conversion. The police confiscated Bibles and hymnals and took several believers to the police station. Although the Christians stated that they were not coerced into attending the meeting, Pastor Albannavar and another believer were charged with "promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion ... and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony." At last report, the two Christians remained in detention. Praise God that the churches have been reopened. Ask God to enable Pastor Albannavar and other Christian leaders in India to be faithful examples to their flocks throughout times of suffering (1 Peter 5:2-3).

Denominational News

CRWRC:

As violence continues unabated in Gaza, please pray that peace may soon come to a troubled land and a long-term solution can be found. The conflict is creating widespread suffering and overwhelming Palestinian medical capacities. As a member of the Global Relief Alliance, CRWRC is supporting the work of Medical Teams International who is shipping much needed medical supplies to Gaza. If you wish to support this effort, mark donations "Gaza Conflict," or give generally to CRWRC's ministries at www.crwrc.org or call 800-730-3490.

DISABILITY CONCERNS:

Good news! – A brand new Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) allows people with disabilities to benefit from a long-term savings plan. Contributions can accumulate and be paid out without penalty. Individuals may also qualify to receive up to $4500 per year for 20 years from the federal government into the plan! For more information on possibilities and restrictions, speak with your congregation's Disability Advocate or contact Rachel van Geest at 1-800-730-3490 or rvangeest@crcna.org. Information is also available on the provincial and federal government websites or at rdsp.com.

WORLD MISSIONS:

Thank You, CRWM supporters—A big thank you to all of you for your support for World Missions during the holiday season. Your financial support enables ministries around the world to continue to bring the good news of Jesus’ coming to those who haven’t heard. Your cards, gifts and prayers for our missionaries have been a great encouragement and concrete evidence of your care.

WORLD MISSIONS:

Summer Mission Program applications due February 13th. Apply now for Christian Reformed World Missions' Summer Mission Program 2009! Don't miss this great opportunity to learn and serve with CRWM missionaries and their national ministry partners. You could spend the summer in Guatemala, Niger, the Philippines, or other countries around the world. Visit www.crwm.org/smp to apply today!

DEALING WITH CRITICISM:

Has your work ever been criticized? Was it appropriate criticism? How did you receive it? Or have you ever considered lying to someone to avoid criticizing them? Criticism can be difficult to take; often it puts us on the defensive trying to protect our dignity and effort. But is there a good way to give or receive criticism? Find out on the January 25th Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.

JUST FOLLOW:

How is Jesus just like a map? Help Liz search for the answer on this week’s Kids Corner. Then write to Kids Corner at P.O. Box 5070, Burlington ON L7R3Y8 for your very own Bible study.

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